January 20, 2010 by Matt Musico
ESPN Sportscenter’s Josh Elliot told America this morning about the multiple reports claiming Tiger Woods is attending a rehabilitation center in Mississippi for sex addiction. It’s about time! There is no way Tiger is having sexual encounters with almost 20 women other than his beautiful wife, Elin, solely because he wants to. I understand that some people may see this as an excuse for his “transgressions,” but I at least applaud Tiger for not saying he had a sex addiction as soon as these countless mistresses spoke up. I think that if he came right out and said he had a problem, a lot of people would’ve forgiven him immediately. However, he took full responsibility for his ridiculous behavior, and is now seeking treatment to see if there is any way he can salvage the mess that is his personal life.
The claim that Tiger is attending Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi has not actually been confirmed yet. Benoit Denizet-Lewis, author of “America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life” and recovering sex addict himself, used an unnamed source when he posted this information to his blog on January 19th.
I really hope Tiger is attending this rehab clinic, because it is clear that he needs a lot of professional help. Pine Grove also offers group and couples treatment, so if Tiger and Elin truly want to try and repair their broken relationship, they have the opportunity. It’s pretty obvious that Tiger had so many secret sexual relationships partly because he was larger than life, thinking he wouldn’t be caught. However, having so many mistresses doesn’t sound like a normal case of a husband cheating on his wife. When news first broke of him cheating, I thought, “Ah that’s too bad, he’s such a huge star that you knew he was bound to have a girl on the side.” When the numbers kept increasing on a daily basis, it was apparent to me that there was something else going on here.
I’ve heard some rumors starting to spread the past couple of days that he is planning his return to the PGA Tour. I hope what I’m hearing isn’t true. He did the right thing by taking a break from competition to fix his personal life; he shouldn’t even entertain the idea of coming back until some parts of his life have cleared up, whether that means getting more professional help or ending his marriage to Elin.
So, the saga continues with Tiger… let’s see what happens next.